Victor Bautista, whom I call Torv, is a maternal cousin 30 years younger than me. In fact, I’m the eldest and he’s the youngest and he’s my literari protege too. He just got mentioned on a news website for an on-line petition he authored. Ok, not for a great article but I bet that’s coming soon. He’s still a college Literature student.
Online Petition Launched Over ‘Racist’ FHM Cover
‘MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino Internet user has started an online petition asking men’s magazine FHM Philippines to apologize and recall its March 2012 cover, which was branded by many as racist.
‘User Victor Bautista of Mandaluyong launched the petition on social action platform Change.org hours after FHM Philippines posted a photo of its latest magazine cover on its Facebook page on Saturday…’
Sweden’s New Gender-Neutral Pronoun
Sweden Now Calls He and/or She Hen
And I wonder if they realize that ‘hen’ means a mother
‘Earlier this month, the movement for gender neutrality reached a milestone: Just days after International Women’s Day a new pronoun, hen (pronounced like the bird in English), was added to the online version of the country’s National Encyclopedia. The entry defines hen as a “proposed gender-neutral personal pronoun instead of he [han in Swedish] and she [hon].”The National Encyclopedia announcement came amid a heated debate about gender neutrality that has been raging in Swedish newspaper columns and TV studios and on parenting blogs and feminist websites. It was sparked by the publication of Sweden’s first ever gender-neutral children’s book, Kivi och Monsterhund (Kivi and Monsterdog). It tells the story of Kivi, who wants a dog for “hen’s” birthday. The male author, Jesper Lundqvist, introduces several gender-neutral words in the book. For instance the words mammor and pappor (moms and dads) are replaced with mappor and pammor…’